1:8 that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. 9He did this when he revealed to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ—the things in heaven and the things on earth. 11In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of his glory. 13And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation)—when you believed in Christ—you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of his glory.
15For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, (NET Bible)
119:41 ו (Vav)
May I experience your loyal love, O Lord,
and your deliverance, as you promised.
42Then I will have a reply for the one who insults me,
for I trust in your word.
43Do not completely deprive me of a truthful testimony,
for I await your justice.
44Then I will keep your law continually
now and for all time.
45I will be secure,
for I seek your precepts.
46I will speak about your regulations before kings
and not be ashamed.
47I will find delight in your commands,
which I love.
48I will lift my hands to your commands,
which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.(NET Bible)
22:39 Then Jesus went out and made his way, as he customarily did, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40When he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41He went away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours be done.” [ 43Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And in his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.] 45When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, exhausted from grief. 46So he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation!”
47While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared, and the man named Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He walked up to Jesus to kiss him. 48But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should we use our swords?” 50Then one of them struck the high priest’s slave, cutting off his right ear. 51But Jesus said, “Enough of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. 52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come out to get him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw? 53Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, you did not arrest me. But this is your hour, and that of the power of darkness!”(NET Bible)
In connection with Jeremiah 23:16, [Luther writes], “O pope, O bishop, O parson, O monks, O theologians, how can you get by here? Do you think it is a small matter when lo y Majesty forbids what does not come from the mouth of God and some- thing else that is not God’s Word?” “God’s Word is so hard that it will suffer no additions, that it alone will be or will not be at all. God may suffer it that unclean additions run through our works and lives but in His Word, which should cleanse me from all addition and filth, He can suffer no addition, or our lives would never become clean in all eternity.” (21)
–Johann Michael Reu, Luther on the Scriptures
This daily Bible reading guide, Reading the Word of God, was conceived and prepared as a result of the ongoing discussions between representatives of three church bodies: Lutheran Church—Canada (LCC), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The following individuals have represented their church bodies and approved this introduction and the reading guide: LCC: President Robert Bugbee; NALC: Bishop John Bradosky, Revs. Mark Chavez, James Nestingen, and David Wendel; LCMS: Revs. Albert Collver, Joel Lehenbauer, John Pless, and Larry Vogel.